Loretta Lux (German, b.1969) is a photographer known for her portraits of young children, digitally altered to resemble the aristocratic stiffness and formality of Old Master paintings. Born in Dresden, Germany, Lux studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Munich, and began working with photography in 1999. Influenced by painters such as Francisco de Goya and Agnolo Bronzino, Lux dresses her subjects in vintage clothing and digitally adds props and backgrounds. Portraits such as Dorothea (2001), an expressionless girl with pale skin and blue eyes that match the sky in the background, and Marianne (2004), a redhead looking uncomfortable wearing a stiff coat, echo Diego Velázquez's Infanta Margarita (1653). While Lux’s rigorous and unsentimental approach follows German documentary photographers such as Bernd and Hilla Becher and Thomas Struth, she also draws from commercial advertising to bring her work closer to kitsch. Her carefully constructed portraits, stylized and surreal, become metaphors for childhood innocence rather than reflections of her sitters’ psychology. Lux’s work is included in many museum collections, including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan, and the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Infinity Award for Art from the International Center of Photography. She is represented by the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.